Russia did not block the UN Security Council statement on Ukraine
The resolution expresses concern over the situation in Ukraine. The authors of the document also recall the obligation to resolve disputes by peaceful means assumed by the members of the UN Security Council. Russia did not vote against the resolution
For the first time since the beginning of the Russian military operation, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a statement on Ukraine, writes AFP. Russia also agreed with the text of the declaration, Reuters notes.
In the document, the Security Council expresses “deep concern regarding the maintenance of peace and security of Ukraine”; and recalls that “all members [of the Security Council] have committed themselves, in accordance with the UN Charter, to resolve all international disputes by peaceful means.” According to news agencies, the resolution was prepared by Norway and Mexico.
“I will take it that the members of the Security Council agree with this statement, which will be published as an official document of the Security Council,”— announced US Deputy Representative to the UN Richard Mills, RIA Novosti reports.
Statements in the Security Council are adopted not by voting, but by consensus, that is, the document is considered adopted if no one voted against it. The Council consists of 15 states.
Since February 24, Russia has been conducting a special military operation in Ukraine to “demilitarize and denazify”. Kyiv broke off diplomatic relations with Moscow, martial law is in effect in Ukraine. According to the latest data from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, since the beginning of hostilities in the country, 3280 civilians have died, 3451— were injured.
On February 25, Russia vetoed a draft Security Council resolution on Ukraine calling for the immediate withdrawal of troops from Ukrainian territory. On March 2, the UN General Assembly demanded that Russia immediately stop the “use of force against Ukraine.”
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